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"Kill first white man that comes in that gate."
title card immediately before the entrance of Guess Who
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In this 1921 short, lepidopterist Buster Keaton is inducted into an Indian tribe and saves their land from the corrupt oilmen who stole their lease.

Not to be confused with the 1948 Bob Hope movie of the same name.

The Paleface can be seen at Google Video.


The Paleface contains examples of:

  • Babies Ever After: Subverted. That would seem to be the obvious payoff to a title card that follows a kiss and reads, "Two years later," but instead it shows Buster and his girl still in their clinch (making it the longest screen kiss ever).
  • Burn the Witch!: Or in this case, the first white man to dare show his face.
  • The Door Slams You: Variation — the door is forced off its hinges and Buster is trapped beneath it.
  • Fanservice: Buster's bare arms as he makes the asbestos suit.
    • Also arguably the rival tribe wearing little more than loincloths (having lost a game of strip poker, according to the intertitle).
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  • Fireman's Safety Net: Improvised with an Indian blanket.
  • Flaying Alive: Subverted with the dodgy toupee.
  • Nice Hat: Buster accessorizes his trademark hat with an eagle's feather. The chief villain wears a silk top hat.

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